EMS Certification and Licensure

You can use the DSHS online licensing service to apply for an initial, renewal, or upgraded certification/licensure. You can also use the service to update you address.

Register as a new user. If you have previously registered using this system, it is not necessary to create another user registration to submit a new application.

  • Carefully select the link to the electronic application for your certification or licensure level and type. 
  • If you submit the wrong application, your certification/license will be delayed. 
  • Expect electronic application processing to take about 4 to 6 weeks. 

Online Licensing

Available certification/licensure types

License/Certification Type

Apply Online        

Renew Online        

Address Change Online

EMS Personnel

ECA Certification  

Yes

Yes

Yes

EMT Certification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Advanced EMT Certification

Yes

Yes

Yes

EMT-P Certification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Paramedic Licensure

Yes

Yes

Yes

Education

EMS Instructor

Yes

Yes

Yes

EMS Coordinator

No

No

No

Initial Education Program

Yes

Yes

Yes

EMS Course Application

Yes

N/A

No

EMS Continuing Education Program        

Yes

Yes

Yes

Providers

EMS Provider Agency

No

Yes

No

First Responder Organization

No

Yes

No

Additional Services:

  • Reciprocity (all levels) 
    • Out-of-state certified only, non-Texas certified.
  • Upgrade certification/licensure.

Applications for the following actions can be found on our applications and forms page:

  • EMS Personnel
    • Name change
    • EMS Criminal History Pre-Screening
  • EMS Providers
    • Initial EMS provider agency application.
    • Vehicle additions and exchanges.
    • Changing information on an EMS Provider or First Responder License.

Contact the EMS certification group for assistance:

  • Change EMS personnel status to inactive.
  • Military personnel who have expired while deployed and are returning may need to regain EMS certification.

Third Party Payments

Currently, EMS Personnel, EMS Educators, and EMD Instructors may use a third party to make payment on their individual license. For all other license types, only the licensee will be able to make payment on their individual license.  Notice of Provider Third Party Pay Option

If you are the third-party payer who received an email that an application was sent to you for third party payment, you will find the third party payment referral on the Main Menu under Additional Activities > Pay for Online Applications.

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